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No Child Left Behind
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Posted 1/28/08
As many of you know the No Child Left Behind Act passed 6 years ago is an attempt to get schools to increase standardized test scores of their student body by using funding as collateral.
According to George W Bush in his state of the union address this evening, it's been a huge success.

I personally think it's crap. The teachers are so concerned with the tests that the students lack a well rounded education. The learning system is skewed and no one really benefits in the end.

How does everyone else feel about this? (btw, i searched for this but didn't find anything. If there is something I apologize) Is it a waste or is it working?
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116 / F / SMILY♥LAND
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Posted 1/28/08
I personally hate it since I have to pass this state test to graduate. I think Bush made it so he'd seem nicer. -_-
Posted 1/28/08
well maybe we should switch how we do schools. in my german class we compared german and english and german has like all year round school but everyday is like half a day. idk i could be wrong. but i'm saying si that was swtich our school ways and start off in a new direction
Posted 1/28/08
This sucks.
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From what I heard No child left behind is more like every child left behind.
I'm sure certain areas of the country may be doing better, but overall I think it has done more harm.

Also..I believe that it has taken out a lot of art & music programs out of schools.
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oh trust me, it really is shitty. We focus so much on math and science that the stress put on us as well as the teachers through those subjects is immense. Not to mention everything is geared around the tests and it's rarely about purely learning anymore.
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Posted 1/28/08

jrockn86 wrote:

From what I heard No child left behind is more like every child left behind.
I'm sure certain areas of the country may be doing better, but overall I think it has done more harm.

Also..I believe that it has taken out a lot of art & music programs out of schools.


yep my school music program is so poor we have to funraise like crazy
and in art class we have to conserve our art supplies so the teacher
don't have to use their money to buy more

it sucks
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Posted 1/28/08
The only things that went up were the scores for the one standardized test. So many students didn't get real studying done and a lot of students ended up dropping out of school as an ironic result. Also, schools ended up wasting so much funding by worrying about it. I recall teachers and principals worrying about getting fired rather than about the students after Bush passed it.

Sometimes I swear all these hits that education is taking is because the government wants to get more people to fail out of school in order to raise the lower class population and to lower the unemployment rate among college graduates. Maybe I should be glad then... hmm...
Posted 1/28/08
I hate No Child Left Behind.
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omg... fcuk no child left behing! i had no child left behing at 6th 7th and 8th grade! leave the child behind! it just waste our time and we dont even do any work there anyways
Posted 1/28/08
its not as good as it should be. we could use better education systems
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Posted 1/28/08

kingraver92 wrote:

yep my school music program is so poor we have to funraise like crazy
and in art class we have to conserve our art supplies so the teacher
don't have to use their money to buy more

it sucks


It's sad to hear that art & music (always my favorite subjects in school) programs are still suffering , and even more so with "no children left behind."

My art teacher was always buying art supplies for us, and he let us know that the school wasn't giving enough for the art dept.
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In a way it's a good act but in another way it's bad. because they cut funds for the schools that has low test scores and those are the schools that need funds the most. however, i'm in college now so I pay for my own education
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Posted 1/28/08
High school teachers and college professors all around are in an outrage by what they must reteach because instead of their old teachers teaching what students need, they are only teaching enough for their kids to passed these tests. In some places where the tests don't focus on certain subjects (like History) they're hardly taught, if taught at all. And then of course 'electives' are being trimmed down to nothing so the extra time can be devoted on the tests - and surprisngly enough (to me at least) this not only includes are and music, but gym and recess as well.

People wonder WHY kids are getting fatter...hm, maybe cutting their gym classes to once every two weeks? People wonder WHY kids don't enjoy classes? People wonder WHY so many just do enough to pass? These damn 'tougher standards' are hardly moving us forward!

It's been tested -- kids who focus on whats on the test during the last 4 weeks as opposed to 16 weeks get the same results as kids who've studied it for the longer time. Yet they're being given these tests earlier and earlier! You know, my godsister had to know what transpiration was in kindergarten? I know people who don't know what it is at MY age! Ugh.

And schools know these tests, these 'tougher standards', such but they don't think they can do anything - otherwise, they'll lose their funding. Depending on what happens first, we need a President to demolish the NCLB act or get parents together to complain to their school boards, to the governors and such -- I mean, they've done it before. When 4 year olds were given tests there was a large outburst of negativity.

So why not the same for gradeschool, secondary school kids? Because 'tests are a part of life'? Because 'testing is bringing up the scores, nationally, globally'? There are kids in other countries that are kicking our ass in tests who hardly get homework at all! And we have a large gap between Asian testtaking children from white test taking children to black and spanish test taking children. Why are we trying to close the gap globally when we can't do it in our own country? And the "it's a part of life bit" -- well, when our parents took tests, they had less than half of what we are required to take to get a diploma! As if the SAT (which is flawed in itself) wasn't enough!

If you couldn't tell, I'm not a fan of NCLB or "tougher standards". Check out Alfie Kohn, he's written a series of books against these two areas of 'improvement'
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Posted 1/28/08
I hated No Child Left Behind; I agreed with my teachers, its just an unwanted headache.
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